HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 cc1023-4

asked whether the Secretary for War can state the present shortage of officers and men, respectively, in the Army, Special Reserve, and Territorials?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

As regards officers, the latest figures available show deficiencies of 137 in the Regular Army, being of a temporary nature; of 1,224 in the Special Reserve, and of 1,951 in the Territorial Force. As regards other ranks, the figures are as follows:—

Regimental Establishments. Strength. Deficiency.
Regular Army—246,000 238,560 7,440
This establishment includes the pool of 3,790
Special Reserve—81,860 59,700 22,160
Territorial Force—302,056 252,991 49,065